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MS55096 - Securing Data on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (MS55096)

  • Overview
  • Who Should Attend
  • Certifications
  • Prerequisites
  • Objectives
  • Content
  • Schedule
Course Overview

Duration : 2 Days

The goal of this two-day instructor-led course is to provide students with the database and SQL server security knowledge and skills necessary to secure database servers.



Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for Database Developers , Security Professionals , Database Administrators and other people that needs to secure database server

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 20xx networking.

  • Microsoft SQL Server 20xx databases.


Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand concepts of security and privacy

  • Recognize the difference between security and privacy

  • Make security steps during installation

  • Take necessary steps after installation

  • Get full understanding of authentication and authorization

  • Implement sever and database side security

  • Understand how SQL Server can protect data

  • Understand basic cryptography

  • Understand SQL Server encryption model

  • Implement symmetric encryption

  • Improve your auditing skills

  • Use SQL Server Auditing feature

  • Collect digital evidence in your environment

  • Go beyond SQL Server to protect your data assets


Course Content

Module 1 : Security and Privacy Concepts in SQL Server 

This module provides the background knowledge of security and privacy concepts in SQL Server . Lessons presented in this module will provide an overview of SQL Server 2012 security and privacy . You will also learn the basics of auditing/monitoring users and how to use the built-in SQL Server tools.


  • Overview of secuirty 
  • What is security?
  • Threat modelling
  • SQL Server Security Mode 
  • Levels of Security in SQL Server
  • Overview of Privacy 
  • What is Privacy?
  • Balance between Privacy and Security 
  • SQL Server and Data Privacy 
  • Monitoring User Activity
  • Auditing Basics 
  • Access Controls
  • CSI SQL Server and Data Privacy 
  • Monitoring Userr Activity 
  • Auditing Basics 
  • Access Controls
  • CSI SQL Server
  • Using SQL Server Tools
  • SQL Server cONFIGURATION mANAGER ( sscm )
  • SQL Server Management Studio ( SSMS )

After completing this module , students will be able to :

  • Understand the basic concepts of security
  • Know the difference between security and privacy
  • Understand the need for data auditing 
  • Recognize the correct tools for achieving all security tasks


Module 2: Security During and After Installation

This module describes the security steps during and after installing SQL Server 2012 . Lessons presented in this module will detail the security and service accounts during the installation. You will learn about the SQL Server Configuration Manager and working with Windows Firewall . You will also understand the password issues and policies for consumers of SQL resources


  • Security Steps during Installation
  • Service Accounts
  • Types of Authentication
  • Adminitrator Account
  • Security Steps after installation
  • Managing Services Using SSCM
  • Managing Server Netwoork Protocols usign SSCM
  • Managing Client Network Protocols using SSCM
  • Working with Windows Firewall
  • Connecting to a SQL Instance 
  • SQL Server Resources Consumers
  • Types of SQL Server Consumers
  • Password Issues
  • Password Policy

Lab : Configuring Access to SQL Server

Lab : Configuring Password Policy

After completing this module , students will be able to :

  • Understand what are the service accounts
  • Determine types of auithentication
  • Understand the risk of admininstrator accounts


Module 3 :Authentication and Authorization

This module describes how to the authenticaiton and authorization process in SQL Server works. Lessons presented in this module will detail how to autehnticate and authorize users to access and use SQL data . You will also learn about server-side and database security.


  • Authentication
  • Process of Authenticaiton
  • Windows Authentication
  • SQL Server
  • Database Authenication
  • Authorization
  • Process of Authorization
  • Mapping Login to User
  • Default Database Users
  • Accessing SQL Server Resources 
  • Server-Side Security 
  • Database Security 
  • Schema Seperation

Lab : Authenticating Users

Lab : Authorizing Users 

Lab : Applying Security Policy 

After completing this module , students will be able to :

  • Understand how to use the authentication process
  • Understand and use the authorization process
  • Access SQL Server resources


Module 4 : Protecting Data 

This module descrobes how to protect your data in SQL Server 2012.Lessons presented in this module will detail how cryptography works and the crypto features in SQL Server 2012. You will learn about security keys and how the various methods of data encryption used , such as TDE , Symmetric and Asymmetric encryption , You will also learn the difference between hashing and encyption.


  • Understanding Cryptography
  • What is Cryptography ?
  • Types of Cryptography
  • SQL Server Cryptographic Features
  • Keys
  • What is a Key?
  • Service Master Key
  • Database Master Key
  • Database Encryption Keys
  • Transparent Data Encryption ( TDE )
  • What is Transparent Data Encryption ?
  • Transparent Data Encryption Architecture 
  • Implementing Transparent Data Encryption 
  • Symmetric Encryption
  • Symmetric Encryption Model 
  • Creating Symmetric Keys
  • Implementing Symmetric Encryption 
  • Aysmmetric Encryption
  • Asymmetric Encryption Model
  • Creating Asymmetric Keys
  • Implementing Asymmetric Encryption
  • Hashing 
  • What is Hashing?
  • Hashing vs Encryption
  • Implementing SQL Server Hash Functions

Lab : Creating a Database Master Key

Lab : Implementing Transparent Data Encryption

Lab : Implementing Symmetric Encryption

Lab : Implementing Asymmetric Encryption

Lab : Implmenting SQL Server Hash Functions 

After completing this module , sttudents will be able to :

  • Understand what is cryptography
  • Know what cryptograpihc elements are
  • Defining cryptography in SQL Server
  • Recognize and use correct cryptographic SQL Server Mechanisms


Module 5 : Auditing on SQL Server 

This module describes the auditing process and how to use the various methods. Lessons presented in this module will detail the classic auditing methods , such as using triggers. You will learn how to configure SQL Server auditing and how to access the audit logs . You will also learn about database forensics and collecting digital evidence.


  • Classic Audit Methods
  • DDL Triggers
  • DML Triggers
  • SQL Server Profiler
  • SQL Server Auditing
  • SQL Server Audit Components
  • Configuring SQL Server Audit 
  • Accessing SQL Server Audit Logs
  • Database Forensics
  • Digital Forensics
  • Digital Evidence 
  • Methods for Collecting Data
  • Securing Digital Evidence

Lab : Audit User Activity 

Lab : Auditing Server and Database Activity 

Lab : Securing Digital Evidence

After completing this module , students will be able to :

  • Implement classic auditing on SQL Server
  • Implement a new Audit feature in SQL Server 2012
  • Understand the basics about database forensics


Module 6 : Server Security Threats and Countermeasures

This module describes the security threats and the countermeasures used to protect your data and database server . Lessons presented in this module will detail the weak points inside and outside of SQL Server 2012 . You will also learn how to identify specific threats , such as data transfer sniffing and SQL code injection and how to prevent them with the appropriate countermeasures.


  • Threats from Authorized Users
  • User's Role in Date Security and Privacy
  • Examples of Threats 
  • Countermeasures
  • Physically Stealing Data
  • Weak Points Inside SQL Server 
  • Weak Points Outside of SQL Server
  • Counter measures 
  • Data sniffing 
  • Client/Server Communications
  • Why is a Firewall not enough
  • Countermeasures
  • SQL Injection
  • Demonstration of SQL Injection
  • Countermeasures

Lab : Limiting Threats from an Authorized User

Lab : Protecting Database Back-Up

Lab : Protecting SQL Injection

After completing this module , students will be able to :

  • Identify threats from authorized users.
  • Understand the risk from physically from stealing data
  • Prevent data trasnfer sniffing
  • Avoid SQL Injection


Course ID: MS55096

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